Hello there! You are currently visiting gopherspace through a
proxy. To learn more about gopher and how to browse it, read this.
How to browse gopherspace on Windows
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There are many browsers and browser extensions that support gopher,
as well as proxy http websites. Unfortunately windows is not very
terminal-oriented, so setting it up is a bit annoying.
Personally, I think the most lightweight and fitting options are
lynx and the original gopher client.
Now in theory those clients would be linux-only, but we're going to
cheat by using cygwin.
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/p2 Original Gopher Client
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Lynx is a text-based browser for linux which can run on windows
through cygwin. I think there's even Win32 ports of it.
Alternatively, you can also get a free shell account at sdf.org
which comes with lynx preinstalled (aliased as "gopher") and browse
through ssh (which actually loads faster than running the browser
locally if you are far from sdf's servers or your internet is
Install cygwin from here: https://cygwin.com/install.html
Just let it download the install files from the internet and select
a mirror in your region.
At the "Select Packages" screen click the search box and type
"lynx" then expand "Web" and if it says "Skip", click "Skip" and
it should change to the version number.
You can now complete the installation.
Now, open Cygwin Terminal and right click the window's name / title
bar then click "Options", go to "Window" and set it to at least 80
columns and 45 rows. Also, the default font is pretty ugly for
ascii art so go to "Text", click "Select...", select "Fixedsys" and
click "Apply" and "OK", then "Apply" and "Save".
Close Cygwin Terminal and reopen it to apply the settings.
Once that's done, you are ready to navigate!
Simply open Cygwin Terminal and type:
To visit this gopherspace.
The controls you will be using the most for gopherspace are:
- g: lets you enter a new url (confirm with enter)
- Up/Down: navigate links or scroll text files
- Enter: follow a link
- Right/Left: go forward and back
- CTRL+R: refresh page
- q: quit (confim with y and enter)
For a nice index of most gopher content, visit
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The original gopher client is open-source and can still be easily
compiled on linux and mac (and most likely cygwin too), however
it has a bug with displaying the 10th line of every document, so I
will add instructions on patching and compiling it only when I fix